want / need to install Pond bottom drain and Skimmer.

Discussion in 'Pond Archive' started by Dude, Aug 24, 2007.

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    Dude Guest

    Hello all,

    Like the subject says I would like to install a bottom drain and a
    skimmer. What I'm having a problem with is paying so much for such
    simple devices. I think they are quite over priced.
    I'm wondering if anyone has used something from Lowes / Home Depot or
    what makes a little more since to me is using parts for a pool.
    if you can pont me to some DYI website of this stuff I would
    appreciate it.

    BTW my pond is not very big. It's about 5' wide X 4' long X 30" deep
    While I have it all pulled apart to do this I'm going to dig it
    I have a few Pics of it up on http://picasaweb.google.com/chris.holub

    Phoenix AZ
    Dude, Aug 24, 2007
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    Hal Guest

    Want cheap on a bottom drain? Using EPDM liner, simply cut the hole
    1" smaller than the pipe and shove the pipe through from the bottom,
    leaving a lip on the water side to press against the pipe. Some have
    tried a clamp around the lip, but it isn't necessary.
    Hal, Aug 24, 2007
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    RichToyBox Guest

    RichToyBox, Aug 26, 2007
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    ~ jan Guest

    Hi Chris,

    There use to be a great DYI website at

    But he had so many things, he decided to go into business and put them on a
    CD and sell it for a small price (well worth it). You might want to
    purchase it, the website explains some of the stuff that is on the CD, from
    bottom drains, skimmers, my favorite the pipe boot similar to what Hal
    explained. We used donut holes of liner over the pipe, clamped and another
    donut liner to cover the clamp. ~ jan
    ~ jan, Aug 27, 2007
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    Chip Guest

    I live in Tempe and planning to convert my pool into a pond. Did you
    DIY or have a contractor do it? How do your fish handle the heat?

    Chip, Aug 30, 2007
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    Dude Guest

    Thanks Jan,
    I acctually did find this site a few weeks back. He does do a good job
    of explaining some stuff. I hope to incorporate some of it as soon as
    it cools off enough here to start the deconstruction and rebuilding.

    Dude, Aug 31, 2007
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    Dude Guest

    Hey Chip,
    Well when I first moved into the house the Pnd was there, except it
    was only the size of a 50 Gal drum laid on its side. I loved it and
    decided to take it all apart and keep digging to what you see today in
    the pics. I think its now about 300 - 400 Gal. So far what you see is
    what I have figured out on my own and with the advise of others.
    Im amazed but the water temps get to 90F and the fish survive. If your
    going to convert your pool then the temps should be much better.
    Good Luck,
    Dude, Aug 31, 2007
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    ~ jan Guest

    If you haven't, check out this website on pool to pond conversion:
    http://kilk.com/pond/ ~ jan
    ~ jan, Sep 1, 2007
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    Chip Guest

    Thanks Jan. I took many interesting ideas from this project the last
    time you recommended it. My own conversion is on hold because of the
    blasted heat. A full month of over 110F. Nuts. I can't drain the
    pool to start construction because the heat could crack the cement w/o
    water. So I gather info and keep planning. Maybe by Oct the weather
    will abate and I can actually get something done.

    Chip, Sep 1, 2007
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    ~ jan Guest

    Oh, you're down in that area of the country. I am so feeling for you.

    July was our amazingly hot month, usually it is August. It was miserable
    and to worry that August might be the same... thankfully it was not. At
    least this late into summer, if we do have a hot day, it at least cools
    down to comfortable by sunset, and windows open soon after.

    Hoping some cool weather comes your way soon. Winters aren't too bad down
    there though, correct? ~ jan
    ~ jan, Sep 1, 2007
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